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Accident
Last updated: 18 November 2017
Status:Schlussbericht
Datum:Freitag 26 Juni 1981
Zeit:18:11
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic A748 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hawker Siddeley HS-748-108 Srs. 2A
Fluggesellschaft:Dan-Air Services
Kennzeichen: G-ASPL
Werknummer: 1560
Baujahr: 1964
Betriebsstunden:34592
Triebwerk: 2 Rolls-Royce Dart 533-2
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 3 / Insassen: 3
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 0
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 3 / Insassen: 3
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Nailstone (   Großbritannien)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Betriebsart:Frachtflug
Flug von:London-Gatwick Airport (LGW/EGKK), Großbritannien
Flug nach:East Midlands Airport (EMA/EGNX), Großbritannien
Unfallbericht:
While descending, the right-hand rear door detached, struck the horizontal tail plane and became lodged on the leading edge. Control was lost, and the aircraft entered a steep dive. During the dive, the wings and tail plane failed due to overstressing.

Probable Cause:

CAUSE: "The accident was caused by the baggage door becoming lodged on. the leading edge of the right tailplane after it had opened and detached in flight. This produced changes in the aerodynamic characteristics of the aircraft which rendered it uncontrollable resulting in overstressing of the wings and tailplane leading to an in-flight structural failure.
A contributory factor was the mis-rigged state of the door operating mechanism which allowed the top and the bottom pairs of claw catches to lose synchronisation. The failure of the door warning arrangements to give adequate warning of door safety was a further contributory factor."

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: AIB
Status: Investigation completed
Accident number: AAR 5/1983
Download report: Final report

Informationsquelle:
» Flight International 25.07.1981 (210)
» Flight International 04.07.1981 (2)


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from London-Gatwick Airport to East Midlands Airport as the crow flies is 201 km (126 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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